Ninth time’s the charm: Brooklyn Center says yes to levy

Brooklyn Center voters, who’d defeated eight straight school levies, finally passed one Tuesday.

The 513-196 yes vote means the school district will renew an existing levy of $337 per student that had been scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Other failed levies had asked voters for increases.

Turnout was low, not too surprising for a December school election. More than 10,000 voters turned for the city’s mayoral election in 2010.

UPDATE: As noted in the comments below, the comparison of the Brooklyn Center school district election and the Brooklyn Center school district election was not apples and apples. To show that the December single issue election had a relatively low turnout, it’s better to look at the November 2010 general election, when more than 2,000 people voted on an earlier school district levy vote, which was defeated.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Eric Larson on 12/15/2011 - 09:37 am.

    Sloppy Journalism On Display. MN Post Editors – Please post this and the correction

    1/3 of Brooklyn Center lies within the ISD of Osseo. So they may vote for mayor, they can not vote in Brooklyn Center School District matters.

    1/4 of Brooklyn Center lies within the ISD of Robbinsdale. So they may vote for mayor, they can not vote in the Brooklyn Center School district matters.

    1/6 of Brooklyn Center lies within the ISD of Anoka. So they may vote for mayor, they can not vote in the Brookly Center School district matters.

    Kimball- You saw the very small number who voted and thought what’s up. You went clicking when you should have went dialing on a phone. The best tool to prevent a reporter from embarrasing hisself is a phone call. Now use it next time.

  2. Submitted by Joe Kimball on 12/15/2011 - 10:35 am.

    Point well taken, Eric.

    Trying to put some perspective on the low turnout, I made the wrong comparison. Sometimes we work too quickly. My apologies.

    Checking with election officials, I think a more apt comparison might be the Nov. 2010 election, when more than 2,000 school district voters turned out and defeated an earlier levy.

    The idea was to show that lots more folks turn out when there’s a general election with many candidates/issues on the ballot, than for for a single issue vote in December. But maybe that’s totally obvious anyway.

  3. Submitted by Miguel Herrera on 12/15/2011 - 07:39 pm.

    Liberal tactic #101 – Keep on putting it to a vote until the masses give up and the special interest group wins.

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